Every year on Thanksgiving weekend we pack up the car, grab the kids and head up north to cottage country. It’s one of my favourite traditions and in my opinion one of the best times to be up at the cottage. The lake is so calm and peaceful and the scenery it spectacular. The changing colour leaves, combined with the cooler weather, warm wood stove, great food and company makes me so happy! However, the journey up isn’t always as peaceful. The drive can take us between 2 1/2 hours to 3 hours. With three young kids who are either tired, hungry or bored, it’s anything but relaxing.
Canadian Audiobooks to the rescue
We usually drive up in our van, but this year we received the opportunity to test drive the 2017 Ford Flex . Our journey would include listening to audiobooks along the way. When we first picked up the car we were initially disappointed that it didn’t come with a full entertainment system (i.e. DVD player), but it turned out to be better than we expected. We simply connected the Kobo app on my phone to the car’s consul via the SYNC 3 technology. Along the way, specifically when we were sitting in traffic or when the kids would start complaining, we put on an audiobook. We listened to a variety of Robert Munch books. I couldn’t believe how calm and attentive the kids became as soon as the book went on. Although, I shouldn’t be too surprised. Robert Munch is one of their favourite authors and they LOVE stories. This was a nice alternative to watching a movie that made my kids happy and the car drive more enjoyable for all of us.
Overall, we loved test driving the 2017 Ford Flex. We loved the sleek, square-looking exterior design, the big consul, the spacious interior and the buttons that folded the back seats down automatically! I liked that the middle seats can be folded down from both sides to allow access to the back row passengers. For a big vehicle the Flex drove really well. It definitely felt more like driving a nice car than an SUV or Van. The sound system was amazing and we liked that we could connect our phone apps to the main consul. The sun-roofs right across the car were also a great addition. We did however wish that there was more storage room in the trunk and we found it to be smaller than our current van. Also, we couldn’t fit all three of the boys’ car seats in the middle row. Overall, I would say that the ride up north to the cottage was definitely comfortable and enjoyable thanks to the Ford Flex.
Have you ever put on an audiobook while traveling with the family? What’s your family’s favourite audiobook?
Disclosure: We received the 2017 Ford Flex to test drive and review over the Thanksgiving Long-weekend. All opinions are my own.